Special Issue announcement: Debris hazards in a coastal context


Special Issue: Debris hazards in a coastal context

Special Issue Editors:
Jacob Stolle.   Eau Terre Environnement, INRS, Québec, Canada. Jacob.Stolle@inrs.ca 
Ioan Nistor.   Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada. inistor@uottawa.ca
Nils Goseberg.   LIHEWR, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. nilgoseb@tu-braunschweig.de

Historically, the estimation of flooding and coastal hazards has focused on the hydraulic conditions (i.e., floodplain mapping, hydraulic loading). Field investigations of flood-stricken communities and failed infrastructure have indicated the necessity for considering secondary effects, such debris. Debris are defined as any solid object entrained within the flow, including boulders, trees, hydro poles, vehicles, ships, etc. These objects have the potential to augment damage to coastal or nearshore infrastructure (seawalls, dikes, flood gates, revetments, groins, houses, harbor structures, etc.), form debris dams influencing loading conditions, compromise design features of engineered infrastructure, and contribute to environmental pollution. Drivers that dislocate, entrain and propagate debris are generally waves and currents as originating from hurricanes, cyclones, stormy depressions as well as earthquake-, landslide-, or volcano-induced tsunamis.

Due to the ubiquity and stochastic nature of debris in the coastal environment, it is challenging to properly estimate their influence. As such, this special issue will gather and share results, best practices, and general insights to improve knowledge and enhance adaption to debris and debris hazards in coastal and estuarine environments. Contributions can focus on local case studies, moving to more fundamental analysis of debris hazards and can include numerical modelling, physical modelling, field studies, and/or analytical analysis. Research articles, review articles and case studies are welcome. Examples include the physical modelling of debris impact and damming, the influence of debris agglomeration on structural performance, numerical modelling of debris impact and loading, debris transport in marine and estuarine environments, multiphase flow, and any other innovative contributions that contribute to an improved understanding of debris in a coastal environment.

Keywords: Debris, Coastal Hazards, Coastal Infrastructure, Hydraulic Structures, Flooding, Design Guidelines and Codes, Nature-based solutions

Abstract Submissions: April 2022 through November 2022

Submission Deadline: April 2023